Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service


West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service is reinforcing a warning issued by the Food Standards Agency, about the dangers of drinking a brand of vodka called “Imperial Valkanov Vodka”. The bottles are marked:

“Distributed for K.M.G. 57, Bodana Khmelnitskogo Str 236039 Kalinginrad Russia for EEC”.

This product has been found to contain dangerous levels of methanol. If consumed this could cause serious harm, with the effects of methanol poisoning including abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness, breathing difficulties, blurred vision and in some cases blindness.

Symptoms of methanol poisoning can be delayed for several hours and anyone who may have drunk any of this product should seek medical attention.

Alerts over this vodka were given in autumn 2002, when the product was discovered on sale in the Manchester area. Following the screening of a BBC documentary, “The Food Police” last week, which featured this product, further discoveries have been made in the Leicestershire area.

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee warned,

“Although none of this product has yet been found in West Yorkshire, I want to make sure that everyone is alert to the danger it poses. Anyone who sees any on sale, or who has a bottle, or has any information about it, should contact the West Yorkshire Consumer Helpline on 011 33 848 848. Under no circumstances should you drink any. Officers will be visiting retail premises throughout West Yorkshire to check that this product is not on sale.”

For further information contact:-

Graham Hebblethwaite, Divisional Manager/General Media Contact 0113 2898 218

Andrew Bibby, Principal Officer, 0113 289 8237

Steven Kaye, Principal Officer, 0113 289 8229